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On Our Cover
Rhododendron ‘Mandarin Lights'
Photography By Ron Capek


Bursting Forth
Ted Nyquist’s rhododendrons light up his woodland wonderland. By Nina A. Koziol

Chicago By Design
A diminutive garden on the northwest side of Chicago houses an astonishing array of special plants. By Heather Prince

Old-Fashioned Work and Know-How
An 1880s home has been the perfect setting for a Woodstock couple’s lifetime devotion to art, antiques and gardening. By Michelle Byrne Walsh

Barges and Butterflies
Lake Katherine Nature Center is a green oasis alongside the heavily trafficked Cal-Sag channel. By Cathy Jean Maloney


The Indoor Garden
Meyer Lemons

Curb Appeal
An Annual Extravaganza

Kids’ Gardening
Build a Sunflower House

The Edible Garden
Vertical Indoor Gardening

Gardening Basics

The Hands-On Gardener
Crafts with Queen Anne’s Lace

Chicagoland Natives
Don’t Plant Dame’s Rocket

The Garden Classroom
Chemicals and Our Water

The Container Garden
Orchids for Shade

Mike Nowak


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